Here are some our favorite local restaurants with great party platter options. Whether searching for a whole meal or a party tray idea to bring to the next neighborhood event, we’ve got you covered. Some of these places aren’t great for dining in but they are all great for a party platter.
Bobby D’s for Tacos
Bobby D’s flies under the radar in the Target strip mall but once you try their food you’ll see why their on this list. We recommend the tacos but you won’t go wrong if you’re looking to provide for a full Mexican fiesta.
Brew Hawg for Ribs
(665 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867)
Brew Hawg in our opinion has the best ribs in the area. This is another unassuming strip mall location that doesn’t have the best dine-in atmosphere but their ribs are great. If you’re looking for a completely catered BBQ meal we’d recommend Wood Ranch which checks all the boxes from their BBQ meats to appetizers, such as the shredded onions or spinach-artichoke dip.
Crab Cooker for Seafood
(17260 E. 17th St Tustin CA 92680)
There are limited options for fresh seafood nearby and local grocery stores are usually hit or miss at best. For consistently great seafood checkout the to go fish market at the Crab Cook. Their smoked salmon is a must but you can’t go wrong with the cocktail shrimp, Dungeness crab or anything else in the display case. Their seasonal holiday dip is a must as well.
Darya for Chicken and Rice
(1998 N. Tustin St. Orange, CA 92865)
Darya’s family style charbroiled boneless chicken breast on a bed of basmati rice topped with saffron rice is ideal for a party platter main meal. Add the maust appetizer, yogurt and cucumber, or hummus for an even better experience.
El Nuevo Mariachi for Ceviche
(650 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867)
Their shrimp ceviche party platter is not on the menu but it can be ordered. El Nuevo’s ceviche topped with slices of avocado is usually the hit at any party and the first platter to disappear. Tip: Be sure to tell them hot, spicy or mild and order it as a platter.
(4327 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869)
Mattern Deli continues this list of unassuming places to find great food. This spot has been around for over 30 years and if you’ve never stepped foot in this place it’s still possible you’ve had one of their sausages. Mattern’s sausages are served throughout the U.S., including at the Orange Circle Street Fair. From Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Polish Kielbasa to Frankfurters you can’t go wrong. However, for this platter you will need to cook and slice the sausage and include toothpicks. Also, while you’re there try the Bologna which is nothing like the inexpensive Baloney you grew up on.
Poke Dot for Poke Bowls
(17921 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92614)
Poke Dot has the best poke bowls in orange county and because there is always a line out the door you can guarantee the sushi will be fresh. They have small to large size catering bowls that can be ordered for your next event.
Costco for Everything
Costco party platters are always a perfect option. They have shrimp, sushi and vegetable tray and an assortment of frozen and refrigerated options that can be quickly prepared.